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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 May 2021) . . Page.. 1306 ..


MR BRADDOCK: I have also, like many members here, sponsored a petition in this place. Sometimes they accord with my views; sometimes they do not. I do not say that the GCC one does not accord with my view, but I fully support their voice being heard in this Assembly, and that is why I brought forward this motion for consideration. It has brought the attention of this Assembly to this issue and we are starting to have very fruitful discussions on it. I think that is very valuable and it should be continued.

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (4.37): I found this debate to be really useful. I think that Canberrans will find it really useful as well. What we have seen today is the kind of government that Canberrans are smart enough to understand—the kind of two-party government with two separate parties, with two separate identities, that sometimes have different policy emphases or can take different views on a different issue and—

Ms Lee interjecting—

MR DAVIS: I am not finished, Ms Lee—and will then bring that debate into the Assembly—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat.

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, a contribution to a debate on the suspension of standing orders must debate the issue of suspension, not a broader narrative about the merits of a Greens-Labor government.

Mr Rattenbury: That didn’t stop you, Mr Hanson. You gave it everything.

Mr Hanson: No-one called a point of order, did they? They chose not to. I am taking a point of order. He needs to be directly relevant to the suspension of standing orders.

Mr Rattenbury: On the point of order, Madam Speaker, Mr Hanson ranged very widely in his comments. He offered a complete commentary on anybody in the chamber and—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, can I remind everyone that there has been lots of noise, and lots of flowery, descriptive language used about members in this place. I remind everybody that if someone is on their feet, everyone else should remain seated and remain quiet and peaceful. Mr Davis, you have the floor.

MR DAVIS: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Where was I? Reflecting on this motion, what we have seen is a mature, adult, smart, two-party government that the people of Canberra, in their overwhelming majority, elected, bringing a disagreement on policy into this place, and having that conversation in a transparent way, so that it is accountable.


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